Andres is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified Blockchain Expert, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, and member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators who works within the AML Internal Control, International Banking for Scotiabank. Currently, responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing enhancement of AML/ATF controls for International Banking business units through, specifically through the oversight of implementation of technology to meet AML/ATF & Sanctions Policy objectives. Andres has over 10 years of experience in Compliance and AML working within the financial services industry working on regulatory compliance effectiveness reviews, AML and fraud investigations, AML remediations, quality assurance program design and testing, training and strategy development, Centre of Excellence processes and AML internal control audits in Canada and international banking regulatory audit reports (Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cayman, TCI, Uruguay and Central America).
Jinisha Bhatt is an independent crypto compliance consultant and a human trafficking investigator. Currently, she offers consultation to Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) operating across multiple jurisdictions. She marries her insights from her previous compliance roles in traditional finance with her experiences in blockchain investigations. Currently, she specializes in investigating well-known as well as emerging typologies in crypto fraud schemes and scams.
When not at work, she works with multiple anti-human trafficking initiatives such as Timea Nagy’s TC Online Institute to help provide actionable insights and training to private and public sectors. In partnership with survivor-led organizations and AML professionals, Jinisha leverages publicly-available data to extract trafficking victims in North America. During Super Bowl LVII, the team worked in tandem with outreach organizations and law enforcement agencies to conduct OSINT (Open-source Intelligence) investigations on human trafficking networks. The project impacted 25 survivors and 10 children.
Jinisha speaks widely on the use of technology and responsible info-sharing in the fight against trafficking.
John is Leader of the International Trade & Investment Law Group and Partner in the Litigation Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He specializes in enforcement, disputes and compliance regarding economic sanctions, anti-corruption law, trade controls, defence goods, services, brokering and technology controls, blocking orders (Cuba), government contracts, and related national security matters. He has developed recognized expertise in advising on the intersection of Canadian sanctions, export and technology transfer controls, and anti-corruption laws with those of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and other jurisdictions. He is currently the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee and Past Chair of the Export Committee of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters. John regularly speaks at conferences and teaches intensive courses on economic sanctions, anti-corruption law and export controls in Canada and internationally. John is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law where he designed and is currently teaching Anti-Corruption Law and its Application in International Business, one of the first courses of its kind to be taught at a Canadian law school. He has testified before Canada’s Parliament on the enforcement of economic sanctions and anti-terrorism laws, and many of his recommendations were adopted in the House of Commons report: “A Coherent and Effective Approach to Canada’s Sanctions Regimes: Sergei Magnitsky and Beyond.”
Morgen is responsible for leading MCAP’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). He has spent 20 of his past 24 years with MCAP ensuring MCAP’s continuous compliance with federal AML/ATF and sanctions legislative requirements. Based out of the Toronto head office, Morgen currently leads a team of exemplary individuals who assist him in managing and executing MCAP’s AML/ATF/Sanctions and Fraud programs on over $150 billion in mortgage assets (single family residential, commercial and construction portfolios).
Charlene Davidson is the Director of Financial Crimes Policy in the Financial Crimes and Security Division, Financial Sector Policy Branch at the Department of Finance. She has worked on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing since 2012 and is responsible for developing policies and coordinating domestic efforts in respect of Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime, including legislative and regulatory amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and associated regulations. Since joining the Department of Finance in 2006, she has held positions covering a range of policy areas, including financial institutions, strategic planning, consumer issues and international trade. Charlene holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A. (Hons.)) from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts (M.A.) Carleton University and a Juris Doctor (JD) the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and was called to the Bar in 2008.
Charles Victor Gonzales has been an AML ATF regulatory compliance professional since 2005. As a Regional Compliance Manager in both Vancouver and Toronto, he has extensive experience in all financial reporting sectors subject to Canadas AML Law (PCMLTFA). Prior to his time with Canada’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FINTRAC), Charles also was on the implementation team of Canada’s Cross Border Currency Reporting regulations as administered by the CBSA. Both as an examiner and relationship manager, Charles shares his insights on your obligations, and navigation of the regulatory examination process.
Kaine Sparks is a professional with over two decades of experience in business development and management. He has a passion for driving growth and innovation.
Kaine’s expertise is highlighted by a background in agile and scrum methodologies, which have been integral in fostering efficient workflows and optimized project outcomes.
As the Executive Director and Registrar, Kaine continues to champion innovation, drive operational efficiency, and nurture a culture of continuous improvement.
Louis Larochelle-Prégent has been working for Québec’s business register (“Registraire des entreprises”) since 2019. Working for the organization’s Legal Support and Expertise Department, he also acts as an advisor to the registrar in intergovernmental relations. Mr. Larochelle-Prégent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Laval University in Québec.
Rosalind is a global regulatory-compliance and operations-risk professional with extensive experience across all three lines of defense in risk governance – functions that own and manage risk, that oversee or specialize in risk management, and that provide independent assurance. She has recently moved out of banking and is now working in commercial real estate management for a global organization (Avison Young) as their new Global Head of Risk and Compliance. Her past experience includes more than 15 years in risk and compliance experience at Laurentian Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC and TD, as well as senior positions at BMO Financial Group as the global head of independent controls and operations compliance for Asia. She has had responsibility for anti-money-laundering/terrorist finance and economic sanctions oversight, privacy, codes of conduct/ethics and corporate governance. In her roles, she has been instrumental in strengthening operational processes and risk control frameworks to meet compliance requirements. Rosalind has been actively involved in industry associations throughout her career: she was a founding chapter executive for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Board and the Toronto/Canada Chapter of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS).
Kristie Lestition is the Director, AML/ATF Compliance & Fraud with FirstOntario Credit Union. During her 8-year tenure, Kristie has been responsible for the day to day activities of the Anti-Money Laundering/ Anti-Terrorist Financing program as well as having key oversight of the Fraud department to support the mitigation of the risk of loss for FirstOntario. Before this role, Kristie worked in various Risk and Compliance roles with two other Ontario based Credit Unions and has been in the CU space for 15 years. Kristie holds a CAMS designation and has been actively involved in pursuing her Certificate in Applied Leadership from eLeadership Academy.
After a decade of working in international banking in Asia, Kim Manchester founded ManchesterCF in 2004. Based in Toronto, ManchesterCF provides online financial intelligence training programs to financial institutions, financial intelligence units and law enforcement. The Financial Intelligence Specialist designation is offered to compliance professionals around the world exclusively through ManchesterCF. Kim has spoken at financial crime compliance conferences in North America, UK/Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
ManchesterCF Financial Intelligence: http://www.manchestercf.com/
Ms. Meneguzzi, B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., Special Advisor to the Financial Crime Coordination Centre of Public Safety Canada, has spent the past two decades as a Federal Crown Prosecutor specializing in financial crime and advising law enforcement. She has served as embedded counsel at the Canada Revenue Agency, Criminal Investigation Division. Her dedication to advancing more effective enforcement led to the publication of the report “Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and AML Compliance Report (2020)” to assist private and public investigations. She is presently working to strengthen inter-agency collaboration to provide training, legislative and policy initiatives and knowledge sharing within the Canadian financial crimes regime partners.
James Moore is the CAMLO for the Digital Commerce Group (DCG) based in Calgary and manages the AML compliance program for the organization. Prior to joining DCG, he spent close to two years building the Canadian AML compliance program for a global crypto currency exchange and before that close to 20 years split between the RCMP Financial Crime program and the Alberta Securities Commission. Having spent his career focused on investor protection, anti-money laundering (AML), securities enforcement and international financial crime intelligence and investigations, proactive risk identification and mitigation has factored prominently into his daily operational mindset.
Claudius O. Otegbade is a highly experienced professional in the field of anti-financial crime and compliance. Currently serving as the Director, Compliance and CAMLO at WFCU Credit Union in Ontario, Claudius brings over 15 years of expertise to his role.
Prior to his current role, Claudius co-founded C&G Professional Services Inc., a Canadian-based AML Consulting firm and also worked for renowned international professional accounting/business advisory firms, MNP LLP and Grant Thornton LLP, specializing in forensics and AML practices.
Claudius holds several professional certifications, including being a fellow chartered accountant (Nigeria), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS), Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CCIP/C). He is also an alumnus of the Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting graduate program at Seneca College, Ontario.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Claudius actively volunteers as a mentor at TRIEC and is a founding member of both the Nigerian-Canadian Compliance Professionals (NCCP) and the Foreign Professional Mentorship Event (FPME).
A seasoned AML professional, Sean Parker has worked within the industry for many years. He started out his career at MNP LLP and progressed in his career moving forward and becoming a Senior Manager in Financial Crime Compliance at HSBC Bank Canada. While at HSBC Bank Canada, Sean specialized in FINTRAC reporting and Correspondent Banking. Currently, Sean has joined CIBC, as the Director of Global Transaction Banking, leading a team of monitoring professionals, monitoring the complex transaction flows from CIBC correspondent banks.
In his free time, Sean likes to play tennis, or relax with his husband on their back patio in their home in Toronto.
Mr. Pepin is Québec’s enterprise registrar (“registraire des entreprises”) since June 2018.
As a public official, he is currently at the heart of a major redefinition of the mission of Québec’s enterprise register and its role towards the protection of the public, the fight against tax evasion, money laundering, fraud and corruption.
With over 16 years of management experience in various departments and agencies within the Government of Québec in customer service, administration, collections and compliance, he was also departmental coordinator of several missions and interventions in Québec as well as elsewhere for the Civil Protection Organization of Québec (“Organisation de la sécurité civile du Québec “)
Mr. Pepin holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and marketing from Laval University, in Québec city.
Amber is a compliance geek with a passion for technology. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Amber worked in compliance with Canadian insurance companies, securities dealers and banks before becoming a compliance consultant and founding Outlier Compliance Group. During her career, she has achieved a number of additional designations (MBA, CIPP, CBP, FIS, CAMS) and remains a firm believer in the idea “experts” always have something to learn.
Charlene is a technology delivery expert specializing in AI, big data and digital regulatory transformation, focusing on transformative anti-money laundering and financial crimes integrated solutions. With over 15 years’ experience implementing large scale programs at Canada’s four largest banks, her collaborative approach and ability to understand complex systems make her a sought-after consultant and mentor.
Charlene has authored a chapter on using AI-powered techniques for open-source investigations for the CF Manchester FIU Connect texts, along with talks to Binance, Calgary Police Services and the RCMP (Nova Scotia) and serves on the Sarnia Police Services board. She has been a moderator and panellist for the London Business School, Bank of England, and Women in Payments and hosts a podcast that discusses the role of technology in fighting financial crime, as a Strategic Advisor for the Canadian RegTech Association.
Jacqueline Shinfield is a Partner in the Financial Services Group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and co-lead of the Regulatory Group. She has extensive experience providing advice on the PCMLTFA and Canadian sanctions legislation. She provides advice on the provisions of this legislation, its application and interpretation, and prepares and assists clients in audits of their AML and sanctions programs and assists in preparing industry-specific risk-based risk assessments. Jacqueline also assists clients in making submissions on notices of violation issued by FINTRAC. She also has particular expertise in the payment and card industry assisting financial institutions in their dealings with the FCAC and FINTRAC. She acts for businesses and institutions in providing advice on compliance with the rules and by-laws of the CPA and codes of conduct of the CBA. Jacqueline is regularly ranked in national and international lists as a recommended Financial Services Regulatory lawyer.
Martin Simard has been an ISED executive since 2017, when he joined the Branch as Director of Copyright and Trademark Policy. In 2021, Martin was promoted Senior Director, Corporate, Insolvency and Competition Policy. Prior to these roles, he was a Senior Analyst and then a Manager in the Copyright and International Trade Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage. He also worked for a number of years in communications for the federal government and for not-for-profit organizations in Canada and abroad. Martin holds a master’s degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Mark Van Stone is Director and Deputy CAMLO for First National Financial LP. Mark has been with First National for just over 10 years and is responsible for its AML Program. Prior to joining First National, Mark held various compliance and banking roles within the financial sector for organizations such as Wells Fargo Canada, Resmore Trust and HFC Bank, UK.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys riding his beloved Triumph motorcycle and keeping within the speed limits in his Mustang GT.
Proficient in national security issues and the fight against illicit financial flows, Mr. Tassé sits as an external member of the Departmental Audit Committee of Public Safety Canada. His portfolio includes the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Correctional Service Canada (CSC), as well as the various Canadian police forces involved in the fight against serious and organized crime. Mr. Tassé is also involved in the discussions related to the establishment of the Canada Financial Crimes Agency.
Insp. Adrienne Vickery is the Officer in Charge of the Money Laundering/Cryptocurrency programs at the RCMP’s Federal Policing Criminal Operations. She has spent the last seven years developing an expertise in the investigative challenges around the illicit use of cryptocurrency. She has led the implementation of RCMP policies, guidelines, tools and training needed to assist investigators through the identification, investigation, seizure and management of cryptocurrency assets. Insp. Vickery chairs the RCMP’s national Virtual Currency Working Group and is a founding member of the International Cryptocurrency Operational Working Group. She is a member of Project Participate, a public-private partnership aimed at enhancing information sharing and enforcement in the Canadian cryptocurrency landscape.
Cindy is a financial services regulatory lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She advises clients in a range of legislative matters, with a focus in banking, fintech, payment processing, and advice that covers extensive knowledge in anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist financing, cost of borrowing and consumer protection. Cindy is an advisor to the Board of the Open Finance Network of Canada, and the Canadian Board of the Open Banking Expo, serves on the Digital Governance Council’s Expert Drafting Technical Committee for Open Finance and Open Banking, as an industry expert for Fintech Cadence, and has been faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchain Law on the topic of central bank digital currencies. In the community, Cindy is a long-time director on the Board of the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and serves as co-chair of BLG’s national race action committee and is an active mentor as part of various EDI initiatives.